A Chicago-based startup that was hatched in Discovery Communications‘ internal incubator 10 months ago has officially spun off into its own entity today, announcing a $6 million Series A led by Discovery and 4 local investors, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Origin Ventures, Chicago Ventures and Corazon Capital.
Curiosity.com, an aggregator of online education content that was founded by Gabe Vehovsky – a Discovery VP – launched in January with 10 full-time Chicago employees. The platform is billed as a ‘Pandora for Education Content’ and helps users discover web-based courses, classes and tutorials from e-learning sources, including Coursera, Khan Academy and Craftsy.
“Curiosity.com has evolved from a powerful concept to a strong platform and business,” said Bruce Campbell, Chief Development and Digital Officer with Discovery Communications, in a release. “We look forward to continuing to support Curiosity.com’s growth and development, along with this new, strong team of investors.”
Since the platform went live, Curiosity.com has fueled knowledge-building through more than 500,000 learning materials from 300+ trusted partners. The site has quickly established itself as a digital learning destination by accurately guiding users from one piece of educational content to the next.
“During my seven years with Discovery, I have been inspired by a mission-driven culture that values curiosity and growth on all levels, and I am grateful for Discovery’s foresight and support for Curiosity.com,” said Vehovsky. “With this solid foundation and thanks to our forward-thinking financial partners, Curiosity.com is ready for its next chapter, reaching growing audiences and, most importantly, making it fun and easy for them to never stop learning.”
Vehovsky will continue as CEO and Curiosity.com has now assembled a Board of Directors featuring Sean Atkins (Discovery Communications), Adam Koopersmith (Pritzker Group Venture Capital) and Brent Hill (Origin Ventures).
Explained Koopersmith, “With a world class technology team, Curiosity is tackling the complicated problem of aggregating and categorizing the world’s educational content, and packaging it in a way to delight consumers. We’re excited to be their partner as we tackle this ambitious goal.”
(Image via Curiosity.com).